Tag: Italy

  • Moto Guzzi by Kaffeemaschine

    Moto Guzzi by Kaffeemaschine

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Axel Budde builds the cleanest, coolest Moto Guzzi cafe racers around. This is his sixth build and the best yet, fresh out of his workshop in Hamburg. Kaffeemaschine #6 is based on a 1980 Le Mans frame and was commissioned by the British motorcycle racer… Read more »

  • Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker

    Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Modern race bikes leave me cold, but vintage machinery gets my motor running. It’s mostly because you can actually see the bike with older machines, rather than a garish mish-mash of graphics fighting for your attention. This clean, sharp-looking Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker is a… Read more »

  • Moto Morini Settebello

    Moto Morini Settebello

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    In Italian, “Settebello” is idiom for “seven of diamonds”. And this little 175cc Moto Morini is a real diamond, packing a surprising punch from its four-stroke single motor. This was during happier days for Moto Morini, when it enjoyed huge competition success after WWII.

  • Interview: Massimo Bordi

    Interview: Massimo Bordi

  • Chris Hunter Interviews

    Massimo Bordi is one of the most illustrious engineers in motorcycling history. He developed the 4-valve Ducati Desmo engine in the mid-80s, designed the Ducati 851, worked with Tamburini on the 916, and created the racing department Ducati Corse. After a stint as CEO of… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati ‘Pantahstica’

    Radical Ducati ‘Pantahstica’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a sweet spot in custom motorcycle building—a point where performance and beautiful aesthetics collide. Spain’s Radical Ducati hit this spot time after time, and they’ve done it again with ‘Pantahstica’. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s a Ducati Pantah, given the color scheme,… Read more »

  • Ducati Road 350

    Ducati Road 350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Building motorcycles is an art as well as a science. While some builders take it very seriously, others have a sense of irreverence. The lighter touch often seems to come from mainland Europe; the French outfit Blitz springs to mind, and another is Spain’s El… Read more »

  • Ducati Multistrada “Biuta”

    Ducati Multistrada “Biuta”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The first incarnation of the Multistrada was an awkward machine. But this unusual custom has transformed Ducati’s ugly duckling into a swan. It’s called “Biuta” and it was created by Carlo Roscio of Pavi, a town in Lombardy some 35 kilometers south of Milan. With… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster “Stellalpina”

    Harley Sportster “Stellalpina”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Roberto Rossi is one of Italy’s best-known Harley-Davidson concessionarias. He’s also got petrol coursing through his veins. His dealership includes a museum: a showcase for a personal collection of classic motorcycles bolstered by an authentic Mille Miglia Alfa Romeo 1750 GS Zagato (once owned by… Read more »

  • Interview: Miguel Galluzzi

    Interview: Miguel Galluzzi

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,,

    Miguel Galluzzi is the man who created the Ducati Monster, a bike that started life as a “parts bin special”. It’s now one of the biggest sales hits of the past twenty years. Galluzzi’s signature is also on the Aprilia RSV4 and several Husqvarna bikes,… Read more »

  • Ritmo Sereno Guzzi

    Ritmo Sereno Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Shiro Nakajima, the CEO of leading Japanese custom workshop Ritmo Sereno, is a keen vintage racer. He’s been campaigning his Moto Guzzi Ambassador for a couple of years now, and felt it was time for a refresh. In its original incarnation—which we revealed just over… Read more »

  • 1966 Aermacchi Sprint

    1966 Aermacchi Sprint

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Aermacchi was a fabricator of aircraft for Italy’s war machine during the Second World War. After the defeat of the Axis powers, the company turned its efforts to the production of motorcycles and bikes. In collaboration with Harley-Davidson, many Aermacchi motorcycles found their way to… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Griso “Ipothesys”

    Moto Guzzi Griso “Ipothesys”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    EXCLUSIVE Here’s a first look at the latest bike designed by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro. He’s best known for his classic Moto Guzzi cafe racers, so this Griso, the debut build from a new boutique brand called Ipothesys, is something of a departure for… Read more »

  • 1974 Ducati 750SS Corsa

    1974 Ducati 750SS Corsa

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Carlo Saltarelli has Ducati blood in his veins. He’s a former racer, test rider and dealership owner, and over the years, he’s built up a 100-bike collection of classic Ducatis. In May, this collection goes under the hammer in Monaco. For us, the highlight is… Read more »

  • Radical Yamaha XT600

    Radical Yamaha XT600

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Yamaha XT600 is one of those iconic enduro bikes that refuses to die—in more ways than one. The virtually bulletproof 595cc single was first released in 1983 and was the first “Ténéré” model, capitalizing on Yamaha’s profile in desert rallies. The early XT600s are… Read more »

  • Magni Arturo 1000

    Magni Arturo 1000

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Arturo Magni is best known for his racing exploits with MV Agusta. While managing MV’s racing department, the team won a remarkable 75 world championships and over 3,000 races in several classes. After MV retired from racing in the late 70s, Magni and his sons… Read more »

  • Zaeta 530 DT

    Zaeta 530 DT

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    One of the most exciting limited production bikes is the Zaeta 530 DT from Italy. So far, it’s been confined to the dirt track—but it will soon be available in road-legal scrambler and café racer configurations. Powered by a DOHC single built by TM, the… Read more »

  • Ghezzi Brian Super Twin

    Ghezzi Brian Super Twin

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If Ducati has NCR, Moto Guzzi has Ghezzi Brian. Based in the lakes region of northern Italy, the company builds small runs of Guzzi-based sport bikes and created the MGS-01 superbike for the Mandello factory. (The odd name, in case you’re wondering, refers to the… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V50, Brat Style

    Moto Guzzi V50, Brat Style

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The mainstream of Japanese custom bike building has a very specific look—largely created by the hugely influential Tokyo builder Brat Style. And the bikes themselves tend to be quite specific too, mostly based on Yamaha SRs and XS650s, the Kawasaki W650, and Harley-Davidson Sportsters. So… Read more »

  • The 2011 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

    The 2011 Bike EXIF Top Ten, Part II

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,,

    It’s time for our annual Christmas Day roundup: the ten most popular bikes from the past six months on Bike EXIF, the world’s biggest custom motorcycle site. This time Triumph is the winning marque, with three machines in our Top Ten. Honda and Moto Guzzi… Read more »

  • Mr Martini Ducati 1098R

    Mr Martini Ducati 1098R

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Nicola Martini describes his workshop as a “laboratory of ideas”. And right now, the Verona-based builder is pushing the visual envelope harder than almost anyone else on the custom scene. This is his latest bike, “Flash Back”—a fearless reworking of the Ducati 1098R. To some… Read more »

  • Ducati Monster 900 custom

    Ducati Monster 900 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati Monster is one of the best-selling motorcycles of recent years. But it isn’t the easiest bike to customize. This one, a 1996 model that’ll be featured in the next issue of Italian Motor Magazine, shows what can be done: it was inspired by… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati 48 Sport

    Radical Ducati 48 Sport

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Radical Ducati is best known for its ultra-desirable transformations of contemporary superbikes. But the Spanish company occasionally turns its hand to vintage machinery, like this beautiful little ‘Sportiva’. It’s a 1962 Ducati 48 Sport—which was known as the Falcon in the US. And despite its… Read more »

  • Ducati 900 Supersport

    Ducati 900 Supersport

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you want a thoroughly modern Ducati with retro good looks, there’s an alternative to the Sport Classic range. It’s the Baines Imola, and this is the first one ever built. It’s the work of John Baines, the Silverstone-based Ducati racer and tuner. This bike… Read more »

  • Husqvarna MOAB scrambler

    Husqvarna MOAB scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,

    Of all the motorcycles revealed at the EICMA show in Milan, this is the one that got my heart beating fastest. It’s the Husqvarna Concept MOAB, and it’s billed as a “modern re-interpretation of the scrambler”. If the colors look familiar, it’s because they replicate… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 F1

    Ducati 750 F1

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    I’m a sucker for the endurance racer look, especially if twin headlamps are involved. And this is one of the best examples I’ve seen for a long time. It’s owned by Gregory Rathe, and there’s an interesting history behind it. In 1985, Ducati made a… Read more »

  • Olivi Motori Triumph ‘Weslake’

    Olivi Motori Triumph ‘Weslake’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most Triumph customs tend to be firmly rooted in the past, being retro throwbacks with varying degrees of success. So it’s good to see a builder capture the sporting spirit of Triumph in a thoroughly contemporary way. ‘Weslake’ is based on a T509-spec Speed Triple… Read more »

  • Ducati Gulf Oil cafe racer

    Ducati Gulf Oil cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Johann Keyser runs CAV America, one of the leading builders of Ford GT40 replicas. He’s also the only GT40 builder with the rights to replicate the official Gulf Oil livery. Keyser is a motorcyclist too, and describes his custom Ducati as “a bike that I… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 850 T5 custom

    Moto Guzzi 850 T5 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Here’s an unusual take on the classic Moto Guzzi custom. It’s called ‘Motomorphosy’, and it started life as an 850 T5 from 1984. When Alessandro (“Speedy”) bought the bike in the late 80s, he stripped it down for a more spartan but conventional custom look.… Read more »

  • Steffano-Ducati Cafe9

    Steffano-Ducati Cafe9

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Many custom motorcycles have a short shelf life. They’re a snapshot of a moment in time, or of a particular style. And a couple of years later, they look dated. But some bikes endure, and this is one of them. I missed the Steffano-Ducati Cafe9… Read more »

  • Benelli Sei

    Benelli Sei

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Of all the recent motorcycling anniversaries, one seems to have passed unnoticed. This year marks the centenary of the illustrious Italian marque Benelli—and according to my calculations, that makes it the oldest European motorcycle manufacturer in (more or less) continuous operation. Today the Chinese motor… Read more »

  • Officine Rossopuro Motard One

    Officine Rossopuro Motard One

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Moto Guzzi Stelvio custom before. And this is no half-hearted attempt: the big adventure tourer from Mandello del Lario has been transformed into a pseudo-motard powerhouse. It’s not the look you generally associate with a custom from Officine… Read more »

  • 1967 Ducati SCD 350

    1967 Ducati SCD 350

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    The launch of the new Ducati Streetfighter 848 reminded me of the extraordinary longevity of the L-twin motor layout. It’s been an intrinisc part of the Bologna mystique for over forty years now. The vintage Ducati here sits at the start of that lineage: it’s… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS by Walt Siegl

    Ducati 900SS by Walt Siegl

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every few months I receive word of a new bike from the New Hampshire workshop of Walt Siegl. And it’s always a treat to behold—like this custom Ducati 900SS, nicknamed the ‘Riviera Ducati’. Walt’s been working night and day on it for four months now,… Read more »

  • Ducati 900 SS custom

    Ducati 900 SS custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought that the Ducati 900 SS deserved more praise. It was a fast sports tourer with good handling—but it was also pigeonholed by critics as a lesser bike than the 996, and too expensive compared to the early Monsters. So it’s great to… Read more »

  • Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

    Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,,

    Harley-Davidson has a strange affectation for Italian motorcycle companies. It bought MV Agusta in 2008, and offloaded it just over a year later to the late Claudio Castiglioni. But way before that, in 1960, Harley bought a half share in Aermacchi, and started selling a… Read more »